Moorclose Community Centre
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History Page for Moorclose Community Centre. Detailed history and up to date developments taking place on the campus. 


Twenty five years ago the Moorclose Community Workshops (as it was known then), was officially opened on 4th October 1993 by Councillor Alan Clark a member of Cumbria County Council.

Our first Chairman was Councillor Mr W Minto Leader of Cumbria County Council.

In those early days our aims were to provide facilities for training in a number trades/skills ie Joinery and computing, our only activity at the time was Bingo two nights a week, our first tenants were a joinery facility run by Cumbria County Council who relocated from their premises at Distington in 1993. From those mega beginnings a lot has happened, from providing courses / training for young people in joinery, computing, Job plus and Adult Education, various groups have come and gone as the funding became more difficult to raise it altered our ability to finance and provide these activities therefore the Centre Management  diversified its operations to access funding, indeed its name changed to Moorclose Community Centre to reflect its diversification from the training aspect to the social requirements of the community.

As part  of the Community Asset Transfer from Cumbria County Council to the Moorclose Community Centre 4.5 acres of land on Ashfeild Road was gifted to the Centre, this land was to enable us to raise finances to modernise and develop the adjacent former Sixth Form Campus buildings.  Subsequently the land was sold for £200k to Allerdale Investment Partnerships (A.I.P.) giving us the finances to proceed with our three year development plans.

We are a registered Charity and a Company limited by guarantee.


The Campus has undergone major renovations and redevelopment to create this usable community space. 

Our continuing developments will be published on our news pages for your to follow our progress.